Adrenaline-packed action at JBay Winterfest

2017-07-06 06:00

THE popular JBay Winterfest, set to take place from July 12 to July 23, has an amazing line-up of events, which include the Championship Tour surfing, JBay Logger Classic, a mountain bike event and more.

Corona Open JBay

The Corona Open JBay, the only World Surf League Championship Tour event in the country, will see the best surfers in the world arrive in Jeffreys Bay to surf the legendary waves of Su-pertubes from July 12 to 23.

This prestigious event is the sixth stop on the World Surfing Leagues’ Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour, and marks the half-way mark of the professional tour surfers’ year-long campaign.

A contest director and surf technology will help forecast what the waves will be like throughout the events’ waiting period.

Some 34 surfers - including two wildcard entrants - will battle it out during five rounds for the coveted title. The first and fourth round are non-elimination rounds. After the fourth round it is sudden death elimination all the way to the final.

Defending champion Mick Fanning from Australia will be present along with current world champion John John Florence from Hawaii. South Africa will be represented by two-times event winner and current third-ranked surfer in the world Jordy Smith from Durban, as well as the winner of the JBU Supertrial, Dale Staples from St Francis Bay, who will be surfing in the competition on the wildcard that he won for his victory in the trials tournament.

The contest will have a live feed throughout the festival - http://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2017/mct/1900/corona-open-j-bay.

JBay Logger Classic

The first-ever JBay Logger Classic sees a return to old school with the 9’2 and above single-fins - the only accepted craft in this tournament.

With a healthy number of international entries, the event promises to be a groovy rendition of style-orientated surfing at Lower Point from July 21 to 23.

Presented by Vodacom 4U, this unique surf-lifestyle event is hosted by the single fin slinging crew of Loggers Union. Promising a weekend of perfectly peeling point waves, an incredible beach vibe, a wholesome food market and performances by some of SA’s best musical talent, this competition is not about ripping waves apart in a desperate bid for points.

It is a classic exploration of the roots of surfing from drop-knee turns to hanging five and ten, as well as everything else that makes logging smooth and graceful.

Divisions for the event include Men’s Pro, Men’s Amateur and Women’s Open.

Tall Thief, Too Many Chiefs, The Cottonfields, Steven Steezy Sawyer, The Rob Thompson Band and Charlie Finch will entertain the crowd.

The competition takes to the water at lunchtime on the Friday, and will come to a close with a prize-giving and live music at Lower Point on the Saturday evening.

The Sunday morning will see an exhibition of retro surfing as the Loggers Union hosts an inter-club surf off between surf clubs from around the country for the first time ever.

JBay Windfarm MTB Classic

The fifth edition of this fast-paced mountain bike challenge, will offer something for riders of all skill and fitness levels.

The event - featuring a 25km fun ride, a 50km marathon and a 85km ultra - will see riders racing through the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm along roads that are interspersed by 80m tall wind turbines spread more than 500m apart.

The 85km ultra will feature an all-new route with spectacular new singletrack.

The top three women from 2016 will be back to battle for the podium. This includes three-times winner and defending champion Anriëtte Schoeman.

Showcasing the finest trail riding the Eastern Cape has to offer, the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic will peddle off at the Kabeljous parking lot on July 22.

Also on the JBay Winterfest calendar are the Endurade JBay X Trail Run, the icy Cold Water Swim Classic, the colourful Kite Festival, the Skins Competition, the Funduro, and the celebrity-packed Oakley X-Over.

The fifth JBay Winterfest will take place from July 12 to 23.

For more information, visit www.jbaywinterfest.com.

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